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Home damaged by wind in James City as Michael passes through

srobertsjr@vagazette.com

At least one home was damaged Thursday night by Tropical Storm Michael in James City County. There were no reported injuries.

Siding from Gil Campos’ house in the Village at Candle Station was ripped off by the winds, his fence destroyed and windows shattered. His front porch roof now hangs with half of its supports either gone or damaged.

“Fortunately I have a detached garage, and my dog was outside,” Campos said. “I had enough time to put my dog in the kennel and close the door.”

Campos said the rain started flying sideways. The area was under a tornado watch at the time.

“The velocity of the wind, I knew there was something,” Campos said. “Everything happened real quick.”

The house next door also suffered damage. Jonathan Demille’s fence was shredded as winds swept through the neighborhood. He sheltered in his bathroom.

“It picked up our air conditioners,” Demille said.

James City County Fire Department spokesman Al Catlett said there was isolated damage throughout James City County. Fire crews remained in the Village at Candle Station at 9 p.m.

In the 6800 block of Arthur Hills Drive in Colonial Heritage, a large tree damaged several roofs, Catlett said.

“There’s no injuries,” Catlett said. “There’s no line of destruction that I know of.”

Between 7:22 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. parts of James City, New Kent and York counties were under a tornado warning, according to the National Weather Service.

For both Campos and Demille, insurance should cover the damage from the storm.

“Thank God everybody’s okay,” Campos said.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329 and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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